The University of Lincoln's 21st Century Lab is designed to open up thinking on what and how the higher education sector should develop.
The 21st century is creating profound changes across our globe, in our economies, our societies, our nations, and in our cultures.
New forms of work and working patterns are evolving. As our nations’ economies are increasingly interdependent, the old certainties of Western power are being challenged and new powerhouses are emerging to challenge old authorities.
The 21st Century Lab is not just about the impact of 21st century changes within the confines of the university campus, but on the society arounds us. It is about restating that universities have a significant role to play to shore up societal certainty against a backdrop of significant upheaval.
Step 1: Different perspectives on our age and its future generate a provocation for the university sector – Thinking Ahead publication
Step 2: Global university reference group helps to shape response setting out purpose of universities for the 21st century
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"If we are to stay relevant we need to anticipate and prepare for change and work with our communities to shape and drive the 21st Century as it continues to unfold."
"We need to create a revolution that comes from the young people and it needs to be about a much more inclusive, open and collaborative society."
"If you’re a global citizen, China wakes up, then the middle of the world wakes up, then Europe wakes up, then the US wakes up. You could find yourself never going to sleep."
"It is much more common for corporations and startups to have a global reach of contributors from different backgrounds, working from home, with flexible schedules. There are many new opportunities to explore in this collaborative global economy."
"One of the big challenges for leaders in arts and culture today is about being in the public gaze. When everything that you do is on Twitter/social media, it can make you very cautious."
"A big challenge for future graduates is the increasing importance of networks which are creating a rigid social barrier. Universities need to make up for this by using their own networks to make sure their graduates are connected."
The 21st Century Lab Grand Challenges are based on the contributions to our first publication Thinking Ahead and are being further developed with input from our Reference Group. The Challenges are intended to help crystallize a set of global disruptive drivers that universities should be well positioned to respond to across their teaching, research, knowledge exchange and civic engagement activities. These will form the basis of our next publication focusing on the purpose of universities in the 21st Century.